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Six people struck by BB pellets over 2 days in city

MANCHESTER - Six people were struck by BB pellets fired from a passing car over the past two days in the city. And, in a seventh incident, two children walking on Belmont Street Monday afternoon were shot at by a man in an SUV, although neither child was struck, police said.

At 4:50 p.m. Monday, Kenneth Reed told police he was walking on Main Street, near Manchester West High School, when he was struck by a BB pellet, according to Manchester Police Lt. Mike Hurley.

At 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, Paige Desmarais, 17, of Manchester, was hit in the leg by an apparent BB pellet as she was walking in the area of Notre Dame Avenue and Kelley Street, Hurley said.

She told police the shots were fired from a passing white, four-door sedan, operated by a white man waving an "Airsoft" gun with an orange-tipped barrel.

At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, a man and woman were hit with pellets shot from a passing car as they walked east across the Bridge Street Bridge. Hurley identified them as Susane Belanger of Manchester, and Michael Holland of Hampstead.

About 30 minutes later at 4:15 p.m., Maureen Hinkle of Manchester was hit in the left torso by a pellet fired from a car on Cedar Street, Hurley said.

She said the shot was fired from a four-door, white sedan occupied by three men, ages 18 to 20.

Police said "336" were some of the numbers on the New Hampshire license plate.

A 55-year-old bicyclist, Peter Delamstro, of Manchester, was hit with a BB pellet Tuesday about 4:30 p.m. as he was pedaling south on South Willow Street. Police said he had a small red welt where he was hit.

A front-seat passenger in the suspect vehicle was described as being a woman about 25 years old with brown hair, streaked with light color. She had freckles on her face and wore blue shorts, police said. The man who fired the BB gun is described as being Hispanic, in his 30s, wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and dark sunglasses, police said.

Anyone with information asked to call police at 668-8711.


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